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Monday, July 23, 2012

14 People Die in Single Trucking Accident in Texas

Police are still investigating a single trucking accident near Goliad, Texas that occurred last night in which an astonishing number of  people were killed.  The Ford F250, carrying approximately 23 people, hit a tree and 14 people were killed.  Others are still in critical condition.  Passengers in the truck included men, women, and children.

If you have been seriously injured as a result of a trucking accident in Texas, or if you have lost a loved due to the negligence of a driver involved in a trucking accident, call Corpus Christi trucking accident and wrongful death lawyer Sheadyn R. Rogers of the Law Offices of Sheadyn R. Rogers, P.C. d/b/a Rogers Law Firm.  We will investigate the trucking accident and work hard to obtain justice with respect to your tragedy.



Monday, July 23, 2012

Teenage Girl Dies in Boating Accident

A 16 year old girl from San Antonio, Texas tragically died in a boating accident Friday, July 20, 2012 near Aransas Pass, Texas.

If you have suffered serious injury or lost a loved one in a boating accident, call Sheadyn R. Rogers, an Aransas Pass boating accident lawyer and personal injury trial lawyer, of the Law Offices of Sheadyn R. Rogers, P.C. at (361) 356-6057 today for a free consultation concerning your case.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Boating Accidents Still a Danger in Texas

Boating Facts - Accidents and Injuries

(according to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department)

August 2011

  • Mandatory boater education is required for anyone born on or after September 1, 1993 to operate a PWC or motorboat with a motor greater than 15 hp.
  • There are more than 600,000 registered boats in Texas, ranking it 6th in the country.
  • Texas has more square miles of inland water than any other state.
  • Recreational boating safety is a primary area of responsibility of Texas game wardens. The most common water safety citations are issued are for:
    1. Not having enough lifejackets on board the boat.
    2. Children younger than 13 not wearing a life jacket.
  • All children younger than age 13 must wear a life jacket while in a boat less than 26 feet in length that is underway.
  • Game Wardens and Marine Safety Enforcement Officers enforce the Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) law. A person who either appears to be impaired and/or has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher while operating a boat can be arrested for BWI.
  • A person arrested for BWI may be jailed for up to 180 days, be fined as much as $2,000 or both. Additionally, the person's drivers' license may be automatically suspended.
  • Alcohol plays a role in 50 percent of all boating accidents, according to BOAT US.
  • Nearly 85% of boating fatality drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.
  • A typical boating accident fatality involves:
    • An open motorboat;
    • Weekends between the hours of Noon and 7 p.m.;
    • The victim falling overboard; and
    • An operator between 26-50 years of age.


Texas Boating-Related Statistics
Calendar Year Accidents Injuries Fatalities BWIs
2001 242 191 41 224
2002 251 (88 PWC) 147 (64 PWC) 61 (5 PWC) 203
2003 265 (88 PWC) 175 (63 PWC) 38 (3 PWC) 194
2004 212 (55 PWC) 146 (48 PWC) 36 (4 PWC) 278
2005 211 (72 PWC) 100 (33 PWC) 36 (4 PWC) 284
2006 258 (81 PWC) 165 (52 PWC 47 (6 PWC) 230
2007 260 (94 PWC) 181 (81 PWC) 52 (0 PWC) 190
2008 271 (86 PWC) 173 (68 PWC) 61 (1 PWC) 238
2009 206 (76 PWC) 138 (76 PWC) 38 (1 PWC) 222
2010 152 (75 PWC) 136 (74 PWC) 27 (1 PWC) 318

PWC = Personal Watercraft


If You Have Suffered Serious Injuries as a Result of a Boating Accident in Texas, or Lost a Loved One Due to Wrongful Death as a Result of a Boating Accident, Call Sheadyn R. Rogers at (361) 356-6057, a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, Representing Boating Accident Victims Throughout SouthTexas and the Corpus Christi, Tx metroplex.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Texas Motor Vehicle Crash, Injury, and Fatality Data for 2011

The Texas Department of Transportation has reported its data for 2011 relating to motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities.  The information includes reportable data collected from Texas Peace Officers' Crash Reports received and processed as of June 19, 2012.

The total number of crashes for Texas was 381,463, including 3,015 fatalities and 79,573 serious injuries.

Collin County, Tx reported 9,045 motor vehicle crashes with 39 fatalities and 2,024 serious injuries.

Dallas County, Tx reported 35,273 motor vehicle crashes with 170 fatalities and 7,495 serious injuries.

If you have been involved in an automobile accident and suffered serious personal injury, or if you have lost a loved one as a result of an automobile accident, call Corpus Christi Tx car accident lawyer Sheadyn R. Rogers of Rogers Law Firm today at (361) 356-6057 for a free initial consultation concerning your case.  Sheadyn R. Rogers, an automobile accident lawyer, is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and handles motor vehicle accident cases throughout the Corpus Christi Tx metroplex.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Helmets Save Lives for Motorcycle Riders in Texas and the Nation

Riding a motorcycle on the open highway in Texas is an unbelievable experience, yet, safety is paramount.  Per mile traveled in 2007, motorcyclists were about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash and 9 times more likely to be injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Statistics have clearly shown that wearing a helmet simply saves lives in the event of a motorcycle accident.

In 2008, approximately 5,290 motocyclists were killed and 96,000 were injured in the United States.  According to the NHTSA, head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes and an unhelmeted motorcyclist is 40 times more likely to suffer a fatal head injury than a helmeted motorcyclist.  "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets saved 1,829 motocyclists' lives in 2008 and that 823 more could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets."  NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts: Motorcycles 2008 Data; NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts:  Motorcycle Helmet Use Laws 2004.

If you have been the unfortunate victim of a motorcycle accident in Texas and suffered serious bodily injuries, or if your loved one has suffered a wrongful death in a motorcycle accident, call Corpus Christi Tx motorcycle accident lawyer Sheadyn R. Rogers of Rogers Law Firm at (361) 356-6057 today for a free consultation concerning your case. 

Have fun on the open road, but please wear a helmet.  It could very well save your life.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Trucking Accidents Continue to Cause Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death

In 2010, over 500,000 large Semi Trucks, Tractor Trailers, Eighteen Wheelers and Commercial Vehicles were involved in accidents in the US; over 100,000 people sustained serious injuries in these accidents, and over 5000 people died in these crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


If You Suffered Serious Injury or Have Lost a Loved One Due to Wrongful Death As a Result of a Semi Truck, Tractor Trailer, or Commercial Vehicle Accident, Call Corpus Christi Tx Trucking Accident Lawyer Sheadyn R. Rogers at (361) 356-6057 Today For Legal Help!


Due to their enormous sizes, large trucks such as semi trucks, eighteen wheelers, big rigs, and large commercial vehicles can cause serious damage, injury and death if involved in highway accidents.  It is estimated that the average large commercial truck weighs approximately 80,000 pounds and if traveling at 60 m.p.h., it takes the length of a football field for such a truck to come to a stop.

Various U.S. agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), have compiled the following statistics regarding large trucking accidents:

  • Out of 15.5 million trucks in the U.S., nearly 13 percent are semi trucks, eighteen wheelers, tractor trailers and big rigs
  • About 98 percent of all semi accidents result in at least one fatality
  • Fatal tractor trailer accidents cost Americans more than $20 billion each year
  • Nearly 90 percent of commercial truck accidents are caused or worsened by human error
  • Driver fatigue is responsible for approximately 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents
  • About 130,000 people are injured each year in trucking accidents

If you have suffered serious personal injuries or lost a loved one due to wrongful death as a result of a trucking accident involving a semi truck, tractor trailer, eighteen wheeler, big rig, or large commerical vehicle, you should hire a Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer for immediate representation.  Call Sheadyn R. Rogers, a Corpus Christi Tx trucking accident attorney, of the Rogers Law Firm today at (361) 356-6057 for a free consultation concerning your case.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Voir Dire: Picking a Jury May Win Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, trucking accident, eighteen wheeler accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident, work related accident, by a defective product, by an unsafe premises, or any accident caused by the negligence of another party, and your personal injury lawsuit does not settle, you and your attorney will most likely proceed to a jury trial. Entire books have been written, lectures have been spoken, and law schools have been built on teaching the process and different stages of the jury trial, including voir dire. Voir dire, the very first stage of a jury trial, may win or lose your personal injury lawsuit.

Voir Dire

Voir dire is latin and means "to speak the truth." It is the first stage of a jury trial in which the attorneys are permitted to ask questions of the panel members (potential jurors) to determine who would or would not be a fair and just juror for the civil lawsuit.

The process typically begins early Monday morning on your trial date when a panel of citizens in your County arrives at the Courthouse for jury duty. Most of these citizens are initially thinking of ways to get out of jury duty and get back to their lives as soon as possible. However, many panel members and eventual jurors become quite interested in the process once they hear about the case because jury duty tends to provide a sense of importance and empowerment to many individuals (it really is an important service to our free country).

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Remembering the Adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776

When celebrating July 4, 2012, we must remember the millions of Americans who died for our country to maintain our freedom and rights afforded to us by the United States Constitution. In my opinion, the most importance sentence in American history is the following:


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 that the thirteen American colonies were independent states and would no longer be part of the British empire.

The United States Constution was later adopted on July 17, 1787 as the Supreme law of the United States of America. The Bill of Rights, introduced to the 1st US Congress by James Madison, came into effect on December 15, 1791 as the first 10 Amendments to the United States Constitution. These laws guarantee Americans personal freedoms and limit the power of government in judicial proceedings. These laws, as contained in the Bill of Rights, are summarized as follows:

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Texas Supreme Court Says Injured Workers Can't Sue for Bad Faith

The Texas Supreme Court ruled on June 22, 2012 that injured workers can no longer sue an insurance carrier for bad faith in handling worker's compensation claims involving on the job accidents and injuries.  The Court reasoned that such suits interfere with the worker's compensation system.

In Texas, a worker generally can not sue his or her employer for work related injuries caused by on the job accidents if such employer carries worker's compensation insurance, with limited exceptions such as if the employer acted with malice or was grossly negligent.

However, many times, work related accidents and on the job injuries are caused by the negligence or fault of third parties who are involved at the work site.  For example, if an employer hired a third party company to perform work at the work site and that third party negligently caused an accident involving an employee from the hiring employer, the employee can sue the third party company for his or her injuries.

Therefore, if you have been involved in a work related accident causing serious personal injury, it is imperative that you contact a personal injury lawyer today to evaluate your case, even if you are receiving worker's compensation.  Call Sheadyn R. Rogers of the Rogers Law Firm at (361) 356-6057 for a free case evaluation.  Sheadyn R. Rogers is a Corpus Christi Texas personal injury attorney who handles work related accidents and on the job injuries for clients.




Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What to Do After a Car Accident in Texas

If you are ever in an automobile accident, it will most likely be a memorable and scary event. It is important to know what to do in this situation, and most importantly, to seek medical attention immediately if you or your passengers are injured.


Step 1: Your Actions Immediately After the Accident

Unless the accident is a very minor event with no property damage, you need to call 911 after an accident to report it to the police if you are physically able to call. The police will arrive at the scene of the accident, interview both parties, ask if anyone is injured, and will usually prepare a police report about how the accident occurred. The police will also document the correct name of the other driver, addresses, and insurance companies. All of this information is relevant and useful. If you talk to the other driver before the police arrive, it is certainly acceptable to ask if he or she is injured or needs an ambulance. However, do not admit fault for the accident because you simply may not be at fault.


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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Texting While Driving Becoming a National Epidemic

According to a recently published government survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 15,000 high school students across the nation were surveyed last year and the results found that an alarming 58% of high school seniors admitted to texting and emailing while driving their vehicle during the past month prior to the survey.

Furthermore, according to recent findings by the Texas Transportation Institute, texting while driving doubles a driver's reaction time and impairs the driver's ability to maintain proper lane position and constant speed.

In 2009, approximately 5500 people died and half a million were injured in automobile accidents in the U.S. involving a distracted driver, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Thirty-nine (39) states in the country have a full ban on texting while driving an automobile.   Texas is one of only 11 states without a state-wide ban on text messaging while driving a vehicle.  In Texas, drivers are prohibited from using hand held devices in school zones and anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from driving a vehicle and using a wireless device.  Some Texas cities have also passed local bans on texting while driving a vehicle including Arlington, San Antonio, and Austin.

Numerous studies and research has found that texting and emailing while driving a motor vehicle contributes to driver distraction.  Driver distraction contributes to and causes automobile accidents, resulting in serious personal injuries to other drivers and occupants of vehicles and, in the most unfortunate automobile accidents, the wrongful death of other drivers and passengers of motor vehicles. 

If you or your loved one needs a Corpus Christi, Tx automobile accident lawyer, call Sheadyn R. Rogers today at (361) 356-6057 for immediate help.



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